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A new report from the UK House of Lords says the government there doesn't listen to its scientific advisers, and recommends that they be consulted during policy making, reports the Guardian's Ian Sample. "The government must overhaul its use of chief scientific advisers to prevent departments from ignoring and sidelining evidence that affects their policies," he says.

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Nature News reports that researchers in Japan hope to soon test the use of reprogrammed stem cells to treat damaged corneas.

A new approach may help limit the number of fish that are mislabeled at markets or restaurants, according to New Scientist.

At Slate, the R Street Institute's Nila Bala discusses the privacy rights of suspects that genetic genealogy approaches in law enforcement bring up.

In PNAS this week: numerous mobile genetic elements contribute to Vibrio cholerae drug resistance, troponin I mutations in sudden infant deaths, and more.